GRANTHAM Youth Football League and its member clubs are celebrating, thanks to the Football Foundation, the UK’s largest sports charity, and Lincolnshire Football Association.
GYFL has been awarded funding as part of The FA’s 9v9 goalposts initiative which was launched in May in partnership with the Football Foundation. This, together with additional assistance from Lincolnshire FA and League funds, means under-11 players will be able to play a much more suitable format of the game.
The Football Foundation teamed up with The FA to provide funding towards the installation of 9v9 goalposts as part of The FA’s Youth Development Review. Children will now be able to play matches on pitches that are relative to their age and size.
The move to 9v9 matches will require goals that are smaller than the full size goals used at present. This will have an additional expense with a pair of goals costing on average up to £900. A ring-fenced funding pot of £1.5m – made available by the Foundation in association with The FA – will support clubs and leagues taking up the new nine-a-side format of the game – a key part of The FA’s new approach to youth football.
The nine-a-side format aims to develop more technically-gifted players. The game is designed to be more enjoyable for youngsters, as they receive more touches of the ball, and less likely to be dominated by larger, more physical players.
GYFL secretary Sally Simon was delighted with the award of the grant: “We are so pleased to be in a position to take advantage of support from The Football Foundation and Lincolnshire FA. This support, together with own league funds, will really kick-start 9v9 football for our under-11 teams.
“The league feels strongly that it needs to do it all can to help its member clubs to embrace and implement the changes of the Youth Development Review.”
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